MOLO Village Documentary Screening and Discussion Takes Place June 7

The Rev. Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson (inset) and MOLO Village.

Join the UCC Church Building & Loan Fund (CBLF) for a virtual film screening and discussion with the Rev. Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson, the Rev. Dr. Patrick Duggan, and Sandra Acosta — moderated by the Rev. Dr. Stephen Ray — of the movie “It Takes A Village.” Produced by the CBLF, “It Takes A Village” tells the inspiring story of the creation of the Village at West Jefferson, also known as MOLO Village Community Development Corporation (CDC), which opened in 2021 in Louisville, Ky. The online screening and discussion takes place June 7 at 7 p.m. ET.

The 30,000-square, $7 million project was the first investment in decades in the long-neglected Russell neighborhood in Louisville’s West End. Built on a former church parking lot, CHHSM-member MOLO Village houses social services, businesses, a bank branch, a restaurant, and more.

Hear how the vision of the Rev. Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson, pastor of St. Peter’s UCC in Louisville, came to be a reality through her work with the Rev. Dr. Patrick Duggan, executive director of the UCC Church Building & Loan Fund, and Sandra Acosta, principal of the AIM Development Group, a New York-based firm which helps for-profit businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and municipalities seeking to conceptualize and implement site specific developments or broader housing, neighborhood and economic development initiatives.

“It Takes A Village” reveals the important ways in which the UCC Church Building & Loan Fund — founded by Congregationalists 170 years ago — is working with municipalities and urban planners to repurpose and develop church properties to serve urban audiences and advance the mission of the church in the 21st century.

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